They emphasized buying products over building if you don't have the time or money to create what you really want. They recommended the following tools:
|Akamai||caching of static files, like gifs|
|epsilon||email sending and racking. epsilon works with mail hosting companies to make sure their email is not locked as spam|
|Gemini||for issue tracking|
|psexec||from sysinternals for remote execution of windows commands.|
|LinkSleuth||for link testing (free)|
|System.Managemnet.ManagementScope||namespace in .Net for application health monitoring|
|Camtasia||for creating a web demo.|
To me the most interesting was the demo of Selenium, which I've heard much about, but this was the first time I'd seen it.
Selenium IDE for Firefox for creating Selenium scripts from http://openqa.org/.
At one point Eric asked how many people use Firefox. About 80% of the attendees raised their hands.
Eric repeat the adage, "If it's a pain, do it all the time", as he talked about their build and deploy system.